Javier Loera was born in Jalpa, Zacatecas, Mexico in 1966 and came to the U.S. when he was nine years old. He grew up in Los Angeles where he studied at the University of Southern California on a baseball scholarship. In 1988, he signed a professional baseball contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers Organization, playing as an outfielder, but God had bigger and better plans for his life. He married his wife Lorna in 1989, and together they surrendered their lives to Christ in 1991.
Their family consists of daughters Vanessa (son-in-law Aaron Ryan and granddaughter Adaline) and Melissa, sons Daniel (daughter-in-law Shannon and grandchildren Micaiah and Azrael) and Aaron (daughter-in-law Kayla and grandsons Landon, Levi and Oliver). They currently live in San Jose with their “babies of the canine kind” — Maggie, Chewie and Rex.
Javier has been a worship leader since 1995. He helped plant Calvary Chapel Santa Cruz in 2000, serving as Worship Pastor. Shortly after his ordination in 2002, he served as Worship Leader at Campus Bible Church in Fresno under the leadership of world-renowned pastor and teacher Dr. Jim Cecy. In 2005, he answered God’s call to join the staff at Calvary Chapel San Jose where he served as Worship Pastor for six years. In January of 2011, he embarked on a new journey as Pastor of The Cross Worship Center.
The Lord has given Javier a heart of worship and has used it to inspire him to write over 30 worship songs. Along with this passion is a vision of raising up a new generation of worship leaders through the School of Worship Class that he teaches.
Javier has been serving the City of San Jose as a Chaplain for the San Jose Police Department since 2007. Through this vital ministry to the community, he offers hope and the comfort of Christ to people in times of crisis.
As a pastor and worship leader, Javier is committed to bringing the message of the life-saving and life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ to the City of San Jose and beyond.